Manpower Report: More employers looking to hire in E. Tennessee


Knoxville (WVLT) -- If you live in the Knoxville area, your chances of getting a job are better than in most other parts of the country.

A new survey shows that for every employer that's planning to cut jobs this spring, there are six times as many who want to add jobs.

Volunteer TV's Rob Pratt has more.

The job picture looks better here than across the nation, but if you want to understand what it's really like, you have to see it through the eyes of those who are looking for work.

Maurice Grigsby has a business degree from UT and decades of work experience.

But after being laid off again last year, he spends his days at the Tennessee Career Center searching hundreds of job listings.

Grigsby says, "It's sometimes discouraging. Most of the jobs are in the lower paying range that do not require as much education as I have, and there's another set of them that I'm not qualifited to do."

Maurice should have more options here than he would in other parts of the country.

According to a survey published by Manpower, nearly a third of Knoxville area businesses plan to hire more people between April and June.

Only five percent say they plan to cut jobs this srping.

Still, hundreds walk through the doors of the Tennessee Career Center everyday.

Tim Witt with the Tennessee Career Center says, "People who come in here need our services, and we need to keep in mind it could very easily be one of us on the other side of the counter."

Another good sign, businesses use the career center too, looking for people to hire.

So why is our region doing better than the country as a whole?

Construction is one reason.

Larry DePriest is the project manager at a major student housing project being built in South Knoxville.

With construction all but stopped in the company's Ohio home, a university city provides the opporunity his company is looking for.

DePriest with Edwards Community Construction says "That's a relatively stable market to be in, even when the economy is soft because parents always find a way to put their kids through college."

If you're looking for work, the career center is a good place to start.

Just click on the link below.


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